The Servizio Sanitario Nazionale - Italian Health Service is generally very good and is free to residents, or at a low annual fee to non-residents.
Up to 90 days
Visitors to Italy from EU and EEA countries (European Economic Area) should obtain a
European Health Insurance Card. Details - www.applyehic.org
Over 90 days
EU and EEA citizens:
should obtain long-stay visitors' health insurance.
Non EU and EEA visitors
have no benefits and should obtain health insurance.
Italian residents who pay social security contributions are entitled to free state health care, and retired people from EU countries and their dependants.
If you are retired you should obtain an E121 form from the post office before you leave, which confirms your status as a pensioner.
Not entitled to free health care: (but can subscribe and pay an annual fee)
- People who do not work
- Students no longer the dependants of an EU/EEA worker or pensioner
- Non EU/EAA nationals
For further information contact your Italian embassy or consulate.
Italian Embassy in England
email email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information hotline Tel 0906 550 8984
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